Microsoft signs 315 MW of solar power contracts in Virginia

The company is billing the contract with a portion of a 500 MW project as the largest corporate solar power purchase agreement (PPA) to date.

World’s second-largest solar EPC to open US office

The Dubai-based company will base their U.S. operations in Arizona. They launch with a 50 MW portfolio as EPC and/or co-development service provider.

EIA looks at why solar cost estimates vary

Three separate organizations under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Energy track various aspects of utility scale solar power plant’s costs, and are producing very different numbers.


Massachusetts calls for ‘Clean Peak Standard’ to green dirtiest, most expensive power

The State specified that retail electricity suppliers must provide customers with clean electricity during defined ‘clean peak periods’, at less than $0.005/kWh averaged across annual usage.

Sunnova now offering solar + energy storage in California

Sunnova’s ‘SunSafe’ solar power plus energy storage product is focused on backup power during outages, avoiding peak charges in the evening.

New Hampshire bill to expand system sizes while setting new rates for net metering

SB 446 has passed the Senate and now heads the House for approval. The bill would allow systems up to 5 MW to participate in the state’s net metering program, with final rates to be set over the next three years.

U.S. solar module to inverter ratio settles in around 1.25

The DC-AC ratio of U.S. solar plants has been increasing since it measured at just over 1.1 in 2001-2009, however, the average seems to have flattened at just above 1.25 in recent years.

TVA proposes rate structures to hobble rooftop solar

The semi-public power authority is not even trying to hide its attempt to slow down deployment of customer-owned solar and other forms of distributed generation.


FERC counts 48 GW-AC of large solar projects planned by 2021

Utility Scale proposed projects have begun piling up at the federal agency as the 30% Investment Tax Credit ending starts appearing on the horizon.

Opposition arises to Michigan plans to kill net metering

A proposed drastic change by the Michigan regulatory agency to end net metering later this year has hundreds registering opposition comments.


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